Chuck Schumer thought he finally caught Donald Trump in a trap.
He figured he could embarrass the President and set up the Democrats for political gain.
But he was caught off guard by how Trump responded.
Trump is traveling to Europe for the G20 Summit.
While overseas he is expected to have his first bilateral meeting with Vladimir Putin.
So-called “mainstream” media outlets are panting over the meeting.
They are trying to claim that if Trump doesn’t bludgeon Putin during the meeting about alleged election meddling that it will raise questions about Trump, Russia, and collusion during the 2016 election.
Chuck Schumer tried to feed that narrative by blasting Trump for supposedly not having an agenda for the meeting.
The Hill reports:
“Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is knocking President Trump for not having a “specific agenda” for his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and making suggestions for what the two leaders could discuss.
“It’s baffling that @POTUS doesn’t have a specific agenda for the Putin meeting,” Schumer tweeted on Wednesday.
The Democratic senator added that he would offer the “first few things that come to my mind” before tweeting roughly a dozen suggestions for topics of conversation.
Trump is holding a high-stakes meeting with the Russian president later this week, marking their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office. “
Schumer than tweeted what he thought Trump’s agenda should be: Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
But Trump will focus on issues of great concern.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson renewed America’s call for the U.S. and Russia to cooperate in Syria to bring about a conclusion on the nation’s civil war as well on defeating ISIS.
“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday called on Russia to do more to bring peace to Syria, and suggested that Moscow and Washington could cooperate on establishing no-fly zones in the war-torn Arab country…
…The United States is prepared to explore the possibility of establishing with Russia joint mechanisms for ensuring stability, including no-fly zones, on the ground cease-fire observers, and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance,” said Tillerson, who will join Trump at the G-20. “If our two countries work together to establish stability on the ground, it will lay a foundation for progress on the settlement of Syria’s political future…
“Actors in Syria must remember that our fight is with ISIS,” Tillerson said. “We call upon all parties, including the Syrian government and its allies, Syrian opposition forces, and Coalition forces carrying out the battle to defeat ISIS, to avoid conflict with one another and adhere to agreed geographical boundaries for military de-confliction and protocols for de-escalation.”
He added: “The United States believes Russia, as a guarantor of the Assad regime and an early entrant into the Syrian conflict, has a responsibility to ensure that the needs of the Syrian people are met and that no faction in Syria illegitimately retakes or occupies areas liberated from ISIS’ or other terrorist groups’ control.”
Trump has a game plan for his meeting with Putin.
It’s the same one he repeatedly talked about on the campaign trail – working with Russia to defeat ISIS.
He was elected on that message and he intends to follow through.